by Robert Dalheim
Woodworker and lumber miller Scott Wunder’s list of his shop’s most useful power tools
topped this month at Woodworking
Network. Featured on the list were
Wunder’s table saw, thickness planer,
jointer, spray gun, chop saw, impact
driver, and tape measure. Wunder has
become a popular voice on Woodworking Network, authoring some of our
more recently popular articles online.
A study published by the American
Chemical Society from University of
Iowa researchers was next up, which
found that some cabinets emitted higher
than expected levels of polychlorinated
biphenyl compounds (PCBs) in the air.
PCBs have been classified as a carcinogen. While we certainly do not doubt the
scientific methods used in the study, we
advise caution and further evaluation.
The size and scope of the sample – just
16 homes – was small, and the nature of
PCBs is uncertain, as unfinished cabine-
try in the tested homes did not emit the
And lastly, a controversial article
described spatial timber assembly
(STA), in which robotic arms fabricate and assemble wooden parts into
extremely complex geometric buildings
and rooms – perhaps too complex for
humans. The system’s Swiss develop-ers say STA buildings last longer, are
more solid, and can be more complex
than traditional wooden construction.
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Is your kitchen cabinetry harmful to your
health? If you believe the new ACS report,
it could be.
In spatial timber assembly (image), robotic arms assemble wooden parts into complex
geometric buildings and rooms - spaces previously impossible to build with timber.